2017 Reading

Every year I try to read more and read better. A few years back, Jon Acuff started the #EmptyShelf project, with folks sharing their reading each year by adding books to a…(wait for it)…empty shelf. So here are the books I’ve read in 2017 so far, and a quick review. Hopefully find some great books to read. 2017 Reading Imagine Heaven by John Burke I first heard about this book from a series Carey Nieuwhof preached at Connexus Church. I recommended the series to a friend who had some questions about death and ended up listening to all 6 sermons in one day! I picked up the book the next day and read it in 2 days. John wrote a fantastic book about near death experiences and what we can correlate them to in scripture. This is a fascinating and fantastic read. Some folks might be a little highbrow over the entire concept, but I highly recommend the book AND preached series. You can find John Burke’s resources to preach the series here. Resources for better reading Do you want to read better? Here are some resources on reading and keeping up with your reading. Why You Need To Build A Trello Reading List – Blog Post How To Read For Maximum Effectiveness – Productive Pastor 26 Previous Years Reading Lists 2014 reading 2015 reading plan  2015 reading (#fail)  My 5 Favorite Reads of...

My 5 Favorite Reads of 2016

I like to read. I like to read casually, I like to read intentionally. I have lists of books I want to read…and I will also stumble across something and put everything else absolutely down. So I wanted to make a list of my favorite reads of 2016.  Each book is wildly different and somewhat totally unrelated. If you are looking for more books to read in 2017, I don’t think any of these will disappoint. My 5 Favorite Reads of 2016   – Tools of Titans | Tim Ferriss I’ve read this 700+ page book in the last week. It didn’t come out until December, but I went through it super quick. Besides the few chapters of the research into psychedelics , I didn’t find a single bit of content unrelated to me life. Ferries is a noted (let’s just say THE noted) lifehacker. He compiled this book from his guests off the award winning podcast he hosts and produces. Every 4-5 page chapter is sharing the best window from countless practitioners around the world.   – Center Church | Tim Keller I read this book slowly in the beginning of the year. I need to read it again. Actually, I will probably always be flipping through this book. I was excited to see they have sectioned portions of it out into easier to carry copies since Center Church looks and thumps like an Algebra textbook. Keller’s thesis is that God has a distinct theological vision for each city, and the role of the Church is finding her place, conversations, neighborhoods and other points of intersection with this message....

Planning Your Best 2017 | Productive Pastor 70

Welcome to season 5 of the Productive Pastor! I’m back from my December break and I can’t wait to see what 2017 will look like for you and your ministry…and the podcast. I’m excited about the podcast. In this episode I am going to share some self-reflection, team reflection, and resources to help you plan a fantastic 2017 in ministry. Front Matter The Tip Jar Podcast: My friend Cody has started a fantastic new podcast dedicated to worship musicians. He is having conversations with some of the biggest guitar players, drummers and technicians of your favorite worship bands/leaders. It is a super entertaining podcast. The Productive Pastor Community: We have an incredible group of folks interacting in the Productive Pastor Community on Facebook. It’s a private group, so we can have great ministry focused conversations about productivity and strategic ministry in an environment full of folks that speak the same language! One of my deeper commitments in 2017 is to this group. Come be part. Planning Your Best 2017 Personal – What are three things that would make you tremendously happy next year? – What are three things about this year that made you happy? – What are the places of personal healing you need to be seeking in 2017? – What do you need to prioritize next year? (I’m a fan of Chris Brogan and his three words concept). – What are the goals you would like to set? Leadership – What wins have we accomplished this year? – Where did we miss the mark? – Where do we feel God leading us in 2017? – What new...

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